Minimal English and How It Can Add to Global English

Cliff Goddard, Anna Wierzbicka

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    The chapter outlines the origins, purpose and composition of Minimal English and explains its value as a supplement to English in its role as a global lingua franca. It argues for the great importance of cross-translatability in many contexts and shows with examples that many taken-for-granted words and concepts of Anglo English are heavily culture-laden and hence untranslatable. The chapter also clarifies how Minimal English is different from Ogden’s (1930) ‘Basic English’ and from Plain English.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMinimal English for a Global World
    Subtitle of host publicationImproved Communication Using Fewer Words
    PublisherSpringer International Publishing
    Number of pages23
    ISBN (Electronic)9783319625126
    ISBN (Print)9783319625119
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


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